The Salvation Army of McLean County's annual holiday fundraising drive is running behind last year's pace. The Army's Development Director Aly Wrezinski says the combined mail appeal and red kettle campaign are about 47% complete with less than half the time remaining.
"Compared to last year we're about $26,000 less at this point. Our season started a little bit later because we usually start that Friday before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving was much later and also we concentrated a lot of our fundraising efforts on the tornado at the beginning of our season."
The overall goal of the Salvation Army's campaign is $440,000. As of the beginning of the week, just over $98,600 had been raised through the kettles and just under $108,700 raised through the mail. Wrezinski says she's hopeful the drive will be a success since many put off their charitable donations until closer to the holidays. The Salvation Army holiday drive funds year-round operation of its food pantry, youth programs, emergency assistance and Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter.
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